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The Red Sandstone of Sedona's Cathedral Rock Feels Like Another Planet

Arizona Outdoor
by Matador Creators Jan 24, 2023

Nestled in the Coconino National Forest, the iconic red sandstone formations of Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona, draw visitors from around the world looking for a classic Southwest national park experience. Cathedral Rock is an iconic red sandstone formation located in the Coconino National Forest near Sedona. The formation is one of the most photographed sites in Arizona thanks to its otherworldly aesthetic that looks like something from the surface of Mars.

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Whether you’re looking for easy hikes or more advanced trails with scrambling involved, there’s something for everyone at Cathedral Rock. For those who are new to hiking or those who are just looking for a leisurely stroll among nature, there are several beginner-friendly hikes with beautiful scenery along the way. Experienced hikers can tackle some more challenging trails leading up to the top where they can marvel at spectacular views from above.

One of the most impressive features of Cathedral Rock is its astounding vantage point. The formation stands at 4,967 feet above sea level and offers a panoramic vista that stretches across miles of desert terrain. You’ll be able to take in views of nearby formations such as Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte while also having a chance to catch a glimpse of distant landmarks like Schnebly Hill Road and Oak Creek Canyon.

Cathedral Rock has been an important site for Native Americans for over a thousand years, and is believed to have strong spiritual energies that many say can be felt upon arrival. Visitors flock here for yoga sessions or meditation sessions to bask in its healing aura. The area is also known for its vortexes—centers of spiritual energy that some believe influence one’s wellbeing spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.

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